It is wonderful to have sustained our services throughout the pandemic, to reach this point of reopening in person to deliver face-to-face support… Melanie Dottin, clinical director, The Maya Centre Considering how much the pandemic has affected most people over the last 19 months, it feels more important than ever to come together and mark […]
The Maya Centre — Where Talk Enables Change
A community-based charity providing a free counselling service in Islington for women who have experienced mental health issues which may stem from trauma including domestic violence, physical abuse or sexual abuse in childhood, war and conflict as well as harmful practices.
Supporting women since 1984
Established in 1984, the Maya Centre works with women in Islington and the surrounding boroughs who find it difficult to access the kind of long-term counselling and support they need.
They may be homeless, fleeing a violent partner or at risk of neglecting or harming their children. Often their distress has its roots in the past. Our talking therapy can help women to come to terms with what has happened to them and break out of the cycle of abuse and social and economic disadvantage.
Over the last few weeks, the world has seen devastating images of Afghan people fleeing the country as the Taliban regains control. Many fear the extremist militant group will reimpose the harsh laws that they relied on when they ran Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. This raises serious concerns about the ongoing future of women […]
Due to unprecedented demand for our services, The Maya Centre is currently unable to take any new referrals for a short period of time. Our referrals waiting list will reopen on 18th October 2021. Many thanks for your patience, this is so that we can ensure safe delivery of our services and avoid waiting times becoming unmanageable […]
The Maya Centre is committed to providing free counselling for women without access to mainstream therapy options. As a small charity we appreciate your help, whether it’s by donating, volunteering at our offices, or holding an event. We are most grateful to those local people and organisations who generously support our charity, enabling us to give a lifeline to some of the most disadvantaged women in London. How to donate »
“ I was able to talk without judgement, my therapist helped me to recognise my feelings and identify with past issues that were impacting my current behaviour in a negative way. ”
“ I feel safe here, I feel listened to, I feel understood, I feel like I’m working on myself and progressing in my life, I’m really grateful for all that. ”